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The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)

Rex organised many Club walks and his specialty was unusual walks that often happened to be in wet weather. He led a three-day 'water' walk through the Barmah Forest where the group walked waist-deep in water most of the weekend, the wettest-ever trip to Flinders Island where the party was marooned by a closed airport, and the first and second Club trips to Snake Island. The first trip to Snake Island was similar to the Barmah trip - very wet; the second was the complete opposite - stiflingly hot. Rex's favourite walking areas are Barrington Tops (Rex's Club nickname) and the Australian Alps.

Rex was an active Committee member for nine years between 1965 and 1979. During that time Rex was Vice-President, on general Committee, on the Walk Editorial Committee from 1966 to 1972, delegate to Search and Rescue, National Parks and the Federation of Walking Clubs, instigated the formation of the Family Walking Group and was the Club telephone contact. He was awarded life membership in 1973.

Rex's deep commitment to the Club and bushwalking extended to his professional interest in botany. He became Australia's first lichenologist. He has written books and technical papers on lichens and won a Churchill Fellowship to study lichens round the world. Rex and his wife Sue also made a study of Australian wildflowers for Walk, complete with beautiful illustrations ('Wildflowers of Autumn and Winter', Walk 1968; 'Flowers of the Bogong High Plains', Walk 1969; 'Wildflowers of East Gippsland', Walk 1970).

Rex has now retired and lives close to Barrington Tops in New South Wales.

ROD MATTINGLEY 1965 - Still active

A friend of Rod Mattingley's attended the Club's 1965 Easter trip. It sounded such a great trip that Rod decided to book on the first walk after Easter and promptly joined the Club.

Rod was Walks Secretary from 1972 to 1973 and Wilkinson Lodge Manager for 13 years from 1974 to 1986. The Club was very lucky to have Rod as Wilky Manager as he has a special affinity with the lodge; it was like a second home to Rod. During Rod's years as Wilky Manager, he organised work parties to replace the lino, install a new stove, replace the septic tank, fix the drainage system, collect wood for the winter and many other projects that have made Wilky more comfortable. He was awarded life membership in 1989.

Rod continues to lead many walks for the Club. He most enjoys two-